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Hi! My computer's been acting up for a while, so i got fed up and decided to wipe the drive and take it back to factory mode maybe the virus or whatever software issues it has will kinda reset. I didn't satisfactorily wipe the drive because even though i've lost almost all my data files (music etc) it still has "ghost programs." There are icons that won't link correctly. Even worse, it's norton antivirus is faulty now, and everytime i boot, a screen with a foreign launguage pops up and i have to click ok for it to go away. I cant get my hands on any free antivirus currently because my dial up takes forever so i want to reformat it again. Can someone tell me how to do it right this time? i have an xp o.s. but cant get the model number of the p.c.
1. Start your computer to Safe Mode with Command Prompt.
NOTE: You must log on as an administrator or a user that has administrator rights.
2. At the command prompt, type cd\, and then press ENTER.
3. Type cd\windows\system32, and then press ENTER.
4. Type osuninst.exe, and then press ENTER.
5. Follow the instructions on the screen to begin uninstalling Windows XP from your computer to restore the previous operating system
6.In DOS mode type FORMAT C:\ it will ask if you want to type Y for yes and then RE install windows after the wipe
Posted on Nov 01, 2007
To perform a clean install of your XP. follow this steps.
1. Start your computer from the Windows XP CD-ROM. To do this, insert the Windows XP CD-ROM into your CD drive or DVD drive, and then restart your computer.
2. When you see the "Press any key to boot from CD" message, press any key to start the computer from the Windows XP CD-ROM.
3. At the Welcome to Setup screen, press ENTER to start Windows XP Setup.
4. When you see the End-User License Agreement, press F8.
5. Follow the instructions on the screen to select and format a partition where you want to install Windows XP. This would be your c:\ drive
note: when formating the drive do not choose the quick format option.
6. Follow the instructions on the screen to complete Windows XP Setup.
Posted on Nov 01, 2007
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Nov 15, 2014 | Computers & Internet
Aug 15, 2014 | HP Computers & Internet
A persistent operating system error on your Dell Inspiron 1525 laptop requires more than just a system restore as there is a problem with a driver that a system restore cannot correct.
A full factory reset of the laptop wipes the hard drive clear of all data including existing driver settings and programs and installs the original operating system back to the hard drive.
Once cleared, previous computer files and programs are non-recoverable.
Press "Power" on the Inspiron 1525, and continuously press "F8" on the keyboard when the Dell logo appears on the laptop's screen.
Press the down arrow to highlight "Repair Your Computer," and press "Enter" to select the highlighted onscreen option.
Click your preferred keyboard layout, and click "Next" to continue with the laptop's restoration process.
Type "administrator" in the username field, click "OK" and click "Dell Factory Tools."
Click "Dell Factory Image Restore," and click "Next." Click the checkbox next to the hard drive reformat confirmation, and click "Next."
Click "Finish" to reboot the OS after the restore process finishes, which can take up to 10 minutes.
Hope this helps.
Nov 12, 2012 | Dell Inspiron 1525 Laptop Jet Black
To 'factory reset' an external hard drive you will need to do something called reformatting. This will wipe all the data and return the drive to a as new state as far as information goes.
Right-click on the hard drive (It normally shows up as a letter like E or F ect.)
In the right click menu there should be a "Format" option, click it and chose to reformat the drive in NTFS format, this is the format commonly used for most hard drives.
If you get confused at any point you can do a quick google search for 'reformat a external hard drive'
Hope that helps!
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